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Driver tests

To get a driver licence in Queensland or add another class to your existing licence, you must pass written and practical driving tests. If you hold a P1 licence, you also need to pass a hazard perception test before getting your P2 or open licence.

Written road rules (knowledge) tests

You must pass a written road rules (knowledge) test before you can:

Preparing for a written test

The questions in the test come from Your Keys to Driving in Queensland which has information on Queensland road rules, driver licensing requirements and sample test questions.

The class RE or R (motorcycle) knowledge test also includes questions based on information from the Motorcycle Riders’ Guide.

You can also take an online practice test. There are different tests for different licence classes.

Class C (car) general road rules (knowledge) test

This test has 30 multiple choice questions. To pass you must correctly answer at least:

  • 9 out of 10 questions about giving way
  • 18 out of 20 questions about road rules and driver licence requirements.

Class RE or R (motorcycle) knowledge test

You need to answer at least 27 out of 30 multiple choice questions correctly on topics ranging from road rules to risk management and hazard perception.

You don’t need to take this test if you already have a Queensland class RE licence and are upgrading to a class R licence.

Class LR, MR, HR, HC or MC (heavy vehicle) road rules knowledge test

You must answer at least 8 out of 10 multiple choice questions correctly on the road rules for heavy vehicles.

You don’t need to take this test if you already have an Australian heavy vehicle licence.

Taking a written test

In person at a driver licence issuing centre

You can take all written road rules (knowledge) tests at a transport and motoring customer service centre.

To take a test you must bring:

You can take the test once a day, but you must pay the fee for each attempt. If you pass the test, your results are valid for 5 years.

Online—class RE (motorcycle) knowledge test

The motorcycle knowledge test is also available online. You can take this test online if you:

  • hold a valid provisional, probationary or open Queensland licence
  • have held a licence of another class (car or heavy vehicle) for at least 1 year in the past 5 years.

You can only take the test once a day, however, a fee is only required when you pass the test.

When you pass the test, you will be given options to pay the test fee. You can pay this fee online using a debit or credit card (MasterCard or Visa). Payments made by credit card will incur a credit card surcharge.

If you pass and pay for the test online you may be able to have the class RE learner automatically added to your licence and a new licence sent to you. The class RE learner can not be automatically upgraded if:

  • you have a laminate licence
  • your licence is expired or will expire within 6 weeks from the date you pay your test fee
  • you have not had a digital photo and digitised signature taken in the last 9 years.

If you want to pay cash, you will need to do this at a driver licensing issuing centre.

You must pay for your motorcycle knowledge test and have the class RE learner added to your licence before you can start learning to ride a motorcycle.

Practical driving test

You can upgrade your learner licence by passing a practical driving test.

Booking your practical test

To book a practical driving test you can:

  • book and pay online
  • book and pay by calling 13 23 90
  • pay the booking fee at a customer service centre and then book your test by calling 13 23 90
  • pay the booking fee and then have your driver trainer book the test for you.

If you book online or over the phone, you can pay with a Visa or MasterCard. You can pay with cash, cheque, money order, debit or credit cards at a customer service centre.

The practical driving test cost includes the booking fee. Payments made by credit card will incur a credit card surcharge.

Note: Q-SAFE practical riding tests for class RE and R motorcycle licences cannot be booked online. If you are eligible to undertake a Q-SAFE practical riding test you will need to book a test by calling 13 23 80 or visit your nearest transport and motoring customer service centre that issues licences.

Changing or cancelling your test booking

You can change or cancel a booking:

Contact us at least 2 full business days before your booking to receive a refund.

What to bring to your practical test

You should arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time. On the day of your test, you must bring:

If you don’t meet these requirements, you will need to book and pay for a new test.

Your test fee will not be refunded if your test is cancelled because:

  • you arrive late
  • you don’t meet the logbook requirements at the time of the test
  • you don’t have the vehicle owner’s permission to use the vehicle for the test
  • your test vehicle isn’t safe and suitable for the test.

Recognised English translations

If you are transferring a foreign licence that is not in English you need to provide a recognised English translation provided by:

Improvements to the practical driving test

Improvements are being made to the practical driving test (also known as Q-SAFE) to ensure safe driving skills and behaviours are adequately tested.

A pilot will be run from 28 April to 25 July 2014 at some locations across Queensland to make sure the improvements to the test are effective. The pilot is a legally valid assessment and will determine if you are eligible for a provisional car licence.

Heavy vehicle and motorcycle testing will continue under the current testing criteria.

Where is the pilot happening?

The pilot will run at the following locations:

  • Greenslopes customer service centre (except for Saturday testing)
  • Strathpine customer service centre (except for Saturday testing)
  • Warwick customer service centre
  • Stanthorpe QGAP
  • Cloncurry customer service centre
  • Clifton and Millmerran police stations.

These locations have been chosen so that a range of urban, regional and remote locations are included in the pilot.

What are the improvements?

The test improvements give more importance to the skills that you should have to progress from your learner licence to a provisional licence. These include:

  • zero tolerance to speeding
  • increasing the significance of maintaining an appropriate following distance
  • more focus on hazard perception
  • introducing testing of highly desirable drive situations like high speed merging or turning on to a high speed road
  • more focus on providing meaningful feedback at the end of the test.

If you take your test at 1 of the pilot locations, you will be asked to complete a survey at the end of the test.

What will happen after the pilot?

The pilot will be evaluated during the 3 month period to determine if the improvements to the test are effectively testing safe driving skills and behaviours. Part of the evaluation will include feedback from the driver training industry, test participants and driving examiners. 

Once the pilot is over, improvements may be made to the practical driving test. If the pilot is successful, the improvements will be implemented in driving tests across the state.

Taking the practical driving test

Your driving examiner will give you instructions before you start your test. Listen carefully to the instructions and ask questions about anything you don’t understand. After the test has started, the driving examiner can’t answer questions that may influence your driving performance.

Your driving examiner will give you tasks to perform during the test. You must complete these tasks while following the road rules. The driving examiner will not ask you to do anything illegal or unsafe.

If your test vehicle is fitted with blind-spot mirrors, you must still look over your shoulder to make sure there are no vehicles in either blind spot.

Make sure you turn off your mobile phone before the test begins.

The length of the test will depend on the licence code you are applying for. However, events such as roadworks and crashes may affect the length of your test.

Maximum on-road test time
Licence code Maximum on-road test time
RE and R 35 minutes
C and LR 35 minutes
MR and HR 70 minutes
HC 80 minutes

After the practical driving test

Your driving examiner will discuss the results of your test at the testing centre at the end of your test.

If you have passed the test

  • If you hold a learner licence, interstate licence or foreign licence, you must pay the licence fee before your new licence can be issued.
  • If you already hold a current Queensland provisional P1, P2 or open licence, you will be issued a new licence showing the upgraded licence class at no cost.
  • You must remove your L-plates before you leave the centre.
  • If you are issued with a P1 or P2 licence, you must display the relevant P-plates. Not displaying a P-plate also carries a fine and 2 demerit points.
  • Becoming a P-plater means you can’t drive a high-powered (performance) vehicle. This means, if you passed your driving test in a high-powered vehicle, you will not be able to drive it away from the testing centre.

If you haven’t passed the test

  • Before you leave, make sure you know exactly what you did wrong and how you can improve.
  • Come back after more practice and try again.
  • There is no limit to the number of times you may take the test, but you must pay a fee every time.
  • You can only take 1 test per day.

If you hold a foreign licence and you fail a practical driving test, your authority to drive on your foreign licence will be withdrawn.

You will be able to use your foreign licence for the next practical driving test you take, but you will not be able to use this licence to practise driving.

You will have to apply for a Queensland learner licence if you need to practise driving before taking your next test.

Book your practical driving test online

If you’re ready to take your practical driving test, you can book and pay for the test online.
Make sure you have your learner licence number and a Visa or MasterCard.
You can also reschedule your booking if you give more than 1 day’s notice.

Note: Q-SAFE practical riding tests for class RE and R motorcycle licences are no longer booked online.

Last updated
25 July 2014

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